With changes to the Net Neutrality rules, what other kinds of changes can we expect? What business deals can we expect now that these rules have been changed? What laws will we see our government try to make in reaction to this ever changing field?
Gary Arlen is President of Arlen Communications, a research and analysis firm specializing in converging media, telecommunications and information services. He has a keen eye for the implications of public policy on such vital services as mobile and wireless technology, new ventures such as the Internet of Things as well as the deployment of electronics devices – all of which will be affected by the upcoming battle to reform the Telecommunications Act that Congress adopted in 1996, at the dawn of the Web era and just before the explosion of smartphone mobile services.
Fred Dawkins is a serial entrepreneur with over 40 years experience and achievements in manufacturing, retail, land development, consulting and import/export. He holds a B Com in commerce and finance and a M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto. Everyday Entrepreneur is the first book in Dawkins’ Entrepreneurial Edge series, and is currently available at all booksellers, including Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble and Chapters Indigo. His novel, 2020 Hindsight, explores major contradictory trends in society in a compelling contemporary fiction narrative, and is forthcoming as an e-book on Amazon.com.
The idea of membership is not new. Churches, social clubs, professional associations, insurance companies and book clubs have long used membership as a means of building loyalty and connection among the people affiliated with their organizations. The membership model makes sense to both to organizations and individuals. Executives and investors like the model because it reduces uncertainty in their revenue streams. When done correctly, memberships appeal to customers too. They appreciate the stability and convenience of the relationship, and are also able to fulfill the human need to belong and to connect with others.
The advent of the consumer internet, social networks and mobile devices have dramatically enhanced the ability of a broad range of industries to rethink their business models, introducing ideas of sharing, subscribing and connecting in surprising new ways. Join Membership guru Robbie Kellman Baxter to explore how companies like Airbnb, RelayRides and Bag, Borrow or Steal as well as blue chips like Netflix, Facebook and Apple are moving from ownership to access and from customer transactions to member relationships.
We’ll dig into the technology behind the apps, industries most affective and opportunities for entrepreneurs to ride this wave into the future. Don’t miss this exciting interview!
Robbie Kellman Baxter is a sought after consultant and speaker with over fifteen years of experience advising fast growth companies in Silicon Valley—from Netflix, Oracle, and Yahoo!, to dozens of successful venture-backed startups. She has been advising businesses with subscription-based business models and driving substantial and consistent results for over a decade. Robbie frequently appears in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronical and CNN.com. An expert on subscriptions, sharing and loyalty, as well as innovative business models in general, Robbie is currently working on a book for McGraw-Hill, entitled The Membership Economy.
Maybe you have heard of net neutrality, but you don’t know what it means. Earlier this month there was a landmark court case by the DC Circuit striking down net neutrality. The case was brought by Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission. Though the FCC lost, many see it as a win. For cable, telco and internet companies, it may be a loss. Tune in to hear why.
American Roslyn Layton is a Ph.D. Fellow in Internet Economics, Center for Communication, Media and Information Studies at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is earning her PhD in net neutrality. Before entering academy, she worked in the software industry in Silicon Valley, India and Europe. She is also a Vice-President of Strand Consult, an independent consultancy for mobile operators around the world. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Communications, Information and Technology at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. More information http://roslynlayton.com/about/
The challenges for large organizations to be social at global scale are nothing like those facing small and medium businesses. Join us as we chat with Jeremy Epstein, VP of Marketing at Sprinklr (www.sprinklr.com), which provides the Social Relationship Infrastructure for some of the world’s largest, most social brands including Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Cisco, Virgin America, Hearst Digital, 800 Flowers, among nearly 400 others.
Prior to joining Sprinklr in February 2012, Jeremy was the Founder/CEO of Never Stop Marketing, an international consulting firm which served F50 clients such as Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft. Jeremy served as the lead instructor for Microsoft’s global Digital and Social Marketing training programs. He has spoken in 17 different countries and worked in Frankfurt and Tokyo. Jeremy has a B.A. in History and a double minor in Economics & German from Johns Hopkins University and studied International Relations and Marketing in Germany and Japan.